"Malaysia Maverick : Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times" is a good book about Mahathir Bin Mohamad, former Malaysia prime minister. The main focus is on his time as a prime minister, but also includes chapters on his life before joining politics, his rise to power and his time after stepping down. The book is not organized in a strictly chronological way, but with one chapter for each major topic, such as Mahathir's 'vision of a modern nation', his economic policies, scandals, monarchy, foreign policy, his rivals etc. Very interesting was the chapter about the struggle over Mahathir's legacy and how things did not work out as he had expected after he stepped down. Some of the chapters are more about the particular topics than about Mahathir and often it is not even apparent what Mahathir's role was.
Mahathir Mohamad turned Malaysia into one of the developing worlds most successful economies. He adopted pragmatic economic policies alongside repressive political measures and showed that Islam was compatible with representative government and modernization. He emerged as a Third World champion and Islamic spokesman by standing up to the West. "Malaysia Maverick : Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times" is a book about Malaysia that must be read.
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